Some Recommendations and Calculations:
Provide detailed writing assignments which specify not only
content requirements (what?) but also suggest effective writing
strategies (how?) See Analyzing
Provide checkpoints, especially for long-term assignments.
Encourage students to read the assignment carefully. See
Analyzing the Assignment.
Discuss effective and ineffective writing processes. See
The Writing Process.
Discuss some key developments, such as thesis statements.
Teach the conflict(s) in writing expectations explicitly.
See Connections: RLC & Other Courses
Seek connections between diverse writing assignments, especially the common forms of critical thinking required. See Connections:
RLC & Other Courses
Acknowledge the "bluff" students must make, but
insist that academic writing is not just a matter of bluffing.
Discuss the use of specialized terms. See Connections: RLC & Other Courses
Encourage revision through clear grading criteria and mandatory peer response. See The
MINIMUM CLASS TIME: 60-180 minutes over the fifteen weeks
of a semester.
MINIMUM CORRECTING TIME: 2-4 additional hours for checkpoints
and peer responses, but overall may decrease!
PREPARATION TIME: 5-10 additional hours before the semester